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Election Day is One Week Away

COLUMBUS – Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted today reminded voters the August 8th Special Election is one week away, and the deadline to request an absentee ballot is Saturday, August 5th at noon.  

There are 11 local issues on the ballot in 10 counties. Details are available here. Voters can obtain additional information on these contests by contacting their county board of elections.  

Absentee Voting by Mail and In-Person
All Ohio voters who have an August 8th Special Election may request an absentee ballot by Saturday, August 5th at noon and return it to the appropriate county board of elections by 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, August 8th. Absentee ballots postmarked by August 7th will also be counted, but voters who choose to return their absentee ballot close to the deadline should consider delivering it to the board of elections to ensure it can be counted. For more information, visit

Secretary Husted has established uniform hours for in-person absentee voting to ensure all voters have fair and equal access to the ballot during the August 8th Special Election. Ohio voters can vote over the course of four weeks, including the weekend before Election Day.  

For more information, the Ohio Secretary of State’s office offers a full, detailed and interactive 2017 elections calendar, along with a detailed voting schedule.

Military & Overseas Voting
Early voting for military and overseas voters became available on June 24th. Military voters who have not yet submitted a request for absentee ballots in 2017 may still do so by visiting  

Overseas voters can visit Through the website, voters may download the Federal Post Card Application, register to vote, request an absentee ballot, read through frequently asked questions, track the status of their mailed ballot, and sign up for election reminders via email and social media.     All voters can also contact their county board of elections directly for more information.

Voter Toolkit

Voter Toolkit 
The online Voter Toolkit is a one-stop location for all necessary voting information. Ohio voters can visit to check their voter registration status, find their polling location, view their sample ballot and track their absentee ballot.

Get Election Updates and Ohio’s Virtual Voting Sticker 
All voters are encouraged to connect with “OhioSOSHusted” on Facebook and Twitter to get election information and updates throughout the year. Here they can also get a virtual voting sticker badge to let their friends and followers know they’ve participated in the Primary-Special Election. Facebook users simply need to “like” Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted’s official Facebook page to “wear” a virtual sticker on their wall. Twitter users may share their voting badge by visiting the Secretary of State’s website.


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